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    Free Photo Resizer

    I came across this little utility today from FastStone and thought it might be something worth mentioning here. In one easy operation, using one little program, you can resize large numbers of digital camera photos (or any other images) when you have some to email to friends and family. Very easy to use and best of all.... it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> !!! Read about it and download it here.
    I took 70 photos from my digital camera that were all 500-700kb and shrunk them all by 67%. Took about a minute and the quality of the new images is excellent. I would recommend this to anyone who emails their digital photos.
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    How does it compare with the built in XP picture resize wizard?
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Or the Microsoft PowerToy "Image Resizer"? That uses a right-click menu interface...

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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    or a batch operation in Irfan View

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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    I've found that the picture resize utility built into XP is possibly the worst I've ever used. It completely trashed the quality of the photos it resizes. Made them fuzzy and unpleasant to look at (even when I'm wearing my reading glasses). I used it 2 or 3 times and then went back to Photoshop to resize the pictures I want to send.

    The FastStone Photo Resizer will be my new tool of choice for this task. It's faster, especially with it's batch capability, and I can't discern any real loss of quality in the images I reduced 67%. I intend to play a bit more with it today and see if it will create decent thumbnails and such. But I believe it will, based on the results I've seen using the FastStone Image Viewer tool Contact Sheet Builder.

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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    <post:=602,817>post 602,817</post:>... Batch conversion

    "I took 70 photos from my digital camera that were all 500-700kb and shrunk them all by 67%. Took about a minute and the quality of the new images is excellent. I would recommend this to anyone who emails their digital photos."
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Same poor results with serious loss of quality, John. MS just doesn't seem to know how to handle images unless they are WMF or scaleable in some other way. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Since you mentioned Photoshop and contact sheets, have you used the contact sheet utility within Photoshop (File>Automation Tools>Contact Sheet)? You can put a user defined number of images as well as a user defined image quality. I use it all the time to send clients multiple images on one sheet for comparison viewing.

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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    I wasn't aware of that tool in Photoshop. Sounds like something I should know about, but the program does soooo much that unless you are a graphic artist or a very curious individual with a lot of time on your hands, you'll never know half of what it can do. It's the same story with most good programs. Word and the other Office programs have so many tools and features you can't become familiar with them all before the next version comes out with even more great features and capabilities.

    Thanks for the heads up. I will check into it. I'm sure I will find it useful. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Doc,

    Thanks for the heads up. I have ~300-400 photo's from a wedding I needed to re-size and post on a private Website. I have been delaying due to time involved.

    Unfortunately, I still need to make a "Contact" sheet (smaller photo's reference larger versions for printing) <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>.
    At least the resizing of the photo's to the "Contact" and "Print" versions will be easier <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    If you want a cheap 'n' cheerful and fast solution to posting loads of pics on web site then check out Google's Picasa software.

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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Thanks for the tip - I will check it out. I have another "Batch" I will need to setup after I weed out blurry and miss fired photos.
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Very Slow off the mark here as I was waiting for a good reason to use this instead of my usual Macromedia Fireworks. This has a nice interface, easy to use and it produces some stunning results quick and easy. I am creating a gallery at the moment and the person who provided the images did it as is [gggrrrr] this has saved a lot od script writing. Thank you...the beers are on me <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Free Photo Resizer

    Better late than never. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    Glad you found it useful. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> Make mine a Molson Golden, please. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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